I apologize for getting this post written and up late on a Sunday afternoon. As is our tradition, we had family in town for the IU Homecoming weekend and I wasn’t able to spend time on Saturday after the game working on this post. This is also why I wasn’t able to join Galen this Sunday for the Recap show.
What is tough about IU Football is that many times I feel like I know what’s going to happen before it does. As momentum started to swing in the 3rd and 4th quarters, I saw something like this coming. I also continued to say in the second half that 27 points was not going to win this game. And as I was walking out of Memorial Stadium, it was a loss that stung.
But after a short period, I am really not that broken up about the loss as many others seem to be. Remember that I believe that we are in a stretch of 3 of the hardest B1G games we could play all year. Yes, MSU isn’t quite what we thought they were 2-3 weeks ago, but this is still a team that beat us 55-3 last year.
I do believe that there are a lot of positive things we can take away from this game. We showed that we can create a great game plan to start off a game. Using the bubble screens as a extension of the running game was great, and it really caught MSU off guard in the 1st half. We also saw some great play by our defense throughout the game.
Unfortunately both of those positive points bring up a negative. For as great as the game plan was in the 1st half, we didn’t seem to make any adjustments in the 2nd half, and we continued to run the same screen plays, except this time MSU knew they were coming and were ready to defend. Another negative that has to be discussed is the quick run offense we are running. In the first half, when we were moving the ball, it really got MSU’s defense tired and was working. The issue came in the second half when we would have a 3 and out and only take about 15 second off the clock and bring our defense back onto the field after getting under 5 minutes of rest. Watching the second half, our defense play didn’t drop off as much as guys were just getting tired. I would like to see some drills on teaching our secondary to turn around when the ball is being thrown.
One final positive I would like to mention is Coach Wilson trying the onside kick near the end of the 1st half. I love it and I hope we see more of it. As I have joked about for quite some time, we have tried playing conventional for 125 years, and it hasn’t worked that well for us. We really have not much else to lose, so let’s try some unconventional plays. The idea of on sides and going for it on 4th and never punting has proven results at the High School level. Maybe it is the Moneyball of football, and we could be ahead of the curve. Either way, hope we see more of it.
I was a bit perplexed that Coffman played the whole game, even when the offensive was struggling in the second half. It was the same struggling offensive that got him pulled at Northwestern. Just curious why Coach Wilson sometimes has the quick trigger finger on QB changes and other times, seems to be fine staying with one guy.
As I was with family, we wanted to sit together, so we moved up from our normal seats in section 8, up to section 109, so we could have some room to sit together. While waiting for a pretzel during the second quarter, I was hoping to catch plays that I missed on the TV screens. Didn’t know that in the upper-deck these are the TV screens that are available:
How can anyone be expected to see anything on that screen. I can understand having old TV’s up there, but it is a flat screen in the housing for a tube set. So it has obviously been replaced in the past few years. Why did we even spend the money to buy these worthless TV’s? Either get something that makes sense and can be used, or don’t waste the money.
Losing close games always sucks and maybe it would have felt better to just lose 34-14. But I’m happy to see the progress this team is making and in the first half it wasn’t the type of progress that it hard to see on the field. We were up 17-0 on Michigan State. Now we just need to learn how to close out and win these games. Sounds similar to IUBB doesn’t it?
Just remember that with IUBB, we had some games like this, then we also had games where we got way behind then had to fight to get back and learn how to win those. With IUFB, we are going to go through a similar process in learning how to win.
We have to enjoy seeing the progress even if it doesn’t mean wins on the field. Because if you don’t, what is the other option?
Current Record – 2-3 (0-2)
TJH Projected Final Record – 3-9 (1-7)
Enough from me. What are your thoughts?